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, relief for migraine sufferers. >>> the pentagon puts cybersecurity front and center. >>> as the 49ers arrive in new orleans, there's a white house petition to make super bowl monday a national holiday. could it and should it happen? "early today" returns in a few minutes. >>> welcome back. here are stories making news this morning. the senate is expected to approve more than $50 billion in aid for victims of hurricane sandy which hit the northeast over three months ago. >>> the pentagon is about to expand its cyber-security force five-fold to meet increasing threats against the nation's computer networks. the expansion would add 4,000 people to a unit that only has 900 employees now. >>> two oil barges hit a railroad bridge on the mississippi river near vicksburg and began leading crude oil. the coast guard says a leaking tank filled with 80,000 gallons of crude has been contained. >>> back in 1999, the colorado grand jury looking into the death of jonbenet ramsey voted to indict her parents on charges resulting in her death. but the court said there was not enough evidence in the cas
, but it is a real possibility for pentagon employees. >> the ravens road to new orleans. coming up, we will hear >> perhaps one of the least heralded but most important parts of the reagan organization is one of its most tenured. -- the ravens organization is one of its most tenured. >> ozzie newsome. 11 news pete has the story. hi, pete. >> ozzie newsome is an unassuming. he likes to take long walks or on days like this, he will take the treadmill. if there is a better manager and in the nfl, i have not seen him. ozzie newsome would go into the nfl hall of fame as a manager if he were not already there as a player. if there is one thing we can point to form why the reagan sir but the regular season, it is -- the raven survive the regular season, it is ozzie. >> we knew don could play. it was just a matter of him getting on the field. >> while paul kruger took time to reach his potential, the potential was there. >> when i am around come paul does a lot of the extra stuff on in some. >> he gives banks he had some many talents to, on as replacements -- he gives thanks he had so many talents to tu
move by the pentagon. >> the tip of the sphere infantry battalion, these are the ones that attack the enemy. these are all male for good reason. we don't have women in those units it's not a good idea to put them there. everyone is insisting and assuming the standards will be the same. they will be equal but they won't be the same. general dempsey said if the standard is too high and the women can't meet it, we'll ask, should it be so high, that's when the pressure to lower the standards will continue. he also asked for a critical mass of women. that will further lower the standards so we can have more women in the unit. and then we have a diversity commission that says, we're supposed to have diversity metrics, that's another name for quotas and promotions for men will be contingent on meeting the diversity quota. the military is not there just to support equal opportunity. it's there to defent the country and carry out the missions that are asked of them. >> one shouldn't assume every woman would be for this new policy, and most men would be against it, and some men would be aga
the latest move by the pentagon. >> the tip of the spear infantry battalions, the ones that attack the enemy, they are men for good reason. now, everyone is insisting and assuming the standards will be the same. they will be equal. but they won't be the same. because general dempsey said, well, if the standard is too high and the women can't meet it, we'll ask should it be so high. that's when the pressure to lower the standards will continue. he asked for a critical mass of women. that will further lower the standards so we can have more women in that unit. and we have a diversity commission that says we're supposed to have diversity metrics, another name for quotas. the military is not there just for equal opportunity. it's there to defend the country and to carry out the missions asked of them. >> okay. one shouldn't assume every woman would be for this new policy. of course most men would be against it. mikey, you're all for this. tell me about your experience in the military serving alongside women and why you're for it. >> don, i am. i think this is a very sensible, pragmatic decision
very personally and even became emotional during the hearing. pentagon chief leon panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat. that move will open up hundreds of thousands of front-line positions. also - the possibility of elite commando jobs. it's a ground-breaking move -- and panetta's decision gives the military until january of 20-16 to argue any special exceptions. but some of the jobs could open as soon as this year. >> ofthe oakland city council approved four crime- fighting measures this morning. including a controversial measure to hire a top cop as a consultant. the council voted 7 to 1 after four hours of public comment.as concerned residents packed the council chamber. former new york and los angeles police chief william bratton is known for his controversial tactics. also for his previouis successes in reducing crime. one of his strategies is stop and frisk, which many are opposed to. oakland police chief howard jordan says that is not something they plan on implementing. >> that is not something that we will be implementing. our policy is reasonable
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for the military from an announcement by the pentagon. leon panetta lifted the ban on women in combat. >> it was a move recommended by the joint chiefs of staff. sally kidd has more on the coming changes from our washington bureau. >> the defense secretary says not all women may be able to qualify to be a combat soldier, but all deserve the chance. a history making moment for women in the military. >> we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. >> and lifting the ban, defense secretary leon panetta says women have already faced the realities of combat. >> if they can meet the qualifications involved here, there is no reason why they should not have a chance. >> the move will open up more than 230,000 battlefront post previously off limits to women. >> this is really an incredible and very significant move for us, and the changes more a cultural one. >> military analysts say the most important component of the new policy will be determining gender neutral standards. there are practical concerns, too. >> did have the appropriate housing for them? how they integ
by february 28th. the pentagon is betting next war will be fought an a digital frontier. kept of defense reportedly adding 4,000 people to the cyber command force and also dividing cyber security force into three groups, one branch protecting infrom a struk tour and a growth securing pentagon system autos it's a mixed close for stocks on a drop in pending home sales. shares of apple leading gains. and remember when groupon played ads during super bowl? well, now, black berry maker research in motion is taking a painl out of the playbook and will advertise during the biggest night in football. the model will be the subject of that super bowl commercial and hopefully ads will come off better than groupon as well. groupon candidates sort of came outs a flop n bloomberg studios in san francisco, i'm emily chang, carolyn, dan, back to you. >> thank you very much. >> let's check on the forecast. >> nice way to start, too. >> sunny skies, deep blue. thin clouds and grit visibility. >> there is a live look, looking west, you can see the rich blue color of the sky there. some reelections of sunse
were reported last year. but the real number of sexual assaults is far higher. the pentagon estimates more than 75% of those crimes go unreported. magalie laguerre wilkinson has the story of one woman who is trying to change that. >> soon after she enlisted in the air force, 24-year-old jennifer norris was invited to a party at her recruiter's house. that is where she says he put something in her drink that made her pass out. >> when i woke up the whole house was dark. nobody was there. and he picked me up. basically my powerless lifeless body and carried me into a bedroom and and he raped me. >> did you go to anybody to complain about this? >> no. i didn't. because i hadn't even started my career yet. >> she went on to become a technical sergeant handling satellite communicationsment but she says she was subjected to repeated sexual advances by another superior officer, and was afraid to report it. >> it's the retaliation. and i was scared to tell the commander who it seems like he was best friends with this man. >> reporter: well financial it was so bad why in the leave? >> we can't
in the military. the announcement coming from the pentagon that will open up thousands of new roles for female soldiers and sailors. >> send us your best 49er photos. we see a lot of people doing their best kaepernicking. send them to news@kpix.com or upload them to cbssf.com. we'll put them on tv. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible. cost of chicken wings. a onwide shortage is d >>> the cost of everything super bowl is going up including the cost of chicken wings. a nationwide shortage is driving up prices to their highest ever.
effect yet but could happen this spring. now plight co-reports the pentagon is preparing a plan to furlough civilian workers one day each week for five months. that would save an estimated $5 billion. wusa9 reporter got reaction. >> reporter: wusa 9 asked facebook followers if they were pentagon employees what would it mean to them? >> we have one kid in college i have stage three colon cancer and chemotherapy, no we cannot afford any pay cut now. >>> james wilson i'm concerned about my bills. >> family of four here, husband disable, pay frozen for three years and now they want to take two days of paycheck away from me? a hit of the generation al wars, they should furlough some 14s and 15z, higher pay grades not me. i barely make anything. let those really old people retire. all the 80-year-olds coming to work with their canes. >> the answer is catastrophic and bad. >> the vice president of foreign policy and defense studies at the heritage foundation. >> god forbid something happens in the middle of this, somebody wasn't at their desk, at the very best we are going to waste a l
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embassies could soon include women. the pentagon will overturn a 1994 ruling from prohibiting women from serving in combat. >> reporter: the defense secretary's order will make women eligible to serve as infantry men in special patrol and the navy seals. however women will have to meet strength standards that could keep them out of units where the physical demands are especially gruelling. combat separations in iraq and afghanistan have already cost more than 130 women their lives and left more than 800 wounded. some like dawn halfacre were on the front lines, commanding a platoon where she lost her arm. >> there's not a bilge difference at all. and -- a big difference at all. and a lot of the missions we did, we did with infantry and filled artillery units. we were all doing the same thing, fighting the same fight. >> reporter: the best machine gunner was victoria rivers who was tapped to go on missions with special forces. >> working side by side with a special forces team, it was pretty cool. >> some don't just have the physical strength to do it. >> reporter: the order will open 200,
. >> military women serving in direct ground combat roles is now becoming a reality. the pentagon lifted a ban on women in combat earlier today. it was recommended by the joint chiefs of staff announced today by defense secretary leon panetta. >> the fact is that they have become an integral part of our ability to perform our missions. if they can meet the qualifications involved here, there is no reason why they should not have a chance. >> the move will open up more than 230,000 battlefront post. o woman may still be excluded from certain positions like navy seals. a number of young women have been signing up for junior rotc programs. educators say these programs have become more popular because it promotes discipline, academics, and responsibility. students say they support lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles. >> i know from family and personal experiences that i supported. women should have equal opportunity of that is what they want to do in life. >> patapsco high school has the largest junior rotc program in baltimore county. >> secretary of state hillary clinton says massac
. more than a fewwise cracks. >> the pentagon has decided to allow women to serve in combat. [cheers and applause] the hope is that we can now finally defeat the taliban by giving them the silent treatment. >> geraldo: tonight, what happens to already stressed-out military families at home when infidelity and sex assaults are added to the dangers of combat duty overseas? plus: >> our wake gun laws allow these mass killings to be carried out again and again and again in our country. >> geraldo: a demo today in d.c. keeps the pressure on for gun control. but also today, at 51 gun shows in 26 states, gun owners pushed back and buy up. >> 100 million-plus gun owners in america are feeling put upon, like we are scapegoated for the acts of a psychopathic killer in newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: tonight, exclusive, inside the gun show loophole. and... judging jodi. >> you said you knew her. you see that photograph? >> yeah. >> do you know who that is? >> it looks like jodi. >> do you know anything about that? >> no. >> how about exhibit number 164? who does that look like to you? >> lik
, because i just -- i hope the pentagon thinks through this in a way that doesn't put american lives at risk because the one thing that keeps men in combat right now fighting, as i've heard my entire life from veterans who have been there, it's not the flag. it's not the great idea of american democracy. it's your buddy next to you. and they leave no man. and if women are in combat, they will leave no woman behind. and the question is, will that, in any way, jeopardize the safety of men and women that are going to be fighting now in the future? >> yeah, joe, i just think we've moved beyond that, right? >> i hope not. i hope not, richard. we're talking about people's safety. move beyond what? >> yeah. the point is, everyone has to pass physical tests. just because you're a man doesn't mean to say that the physical tests are any different. and they won't be any different for a woman either. you have to have extreme levels of physical capability to be in a combat zone given the nature and the professionalism. and yes, the spirit of the american military. all i'm saying is we've moved beyond the
meeting at the pentagon d.c. time so in a couple of hours and they don't start marching until 4:00 p.m. and they are very excited about it. i am tori campbell, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >> coming up at 5:15, mayor ed lee is also there for the inauguration and he will tell did it holds a special significance for him. >>> overnight police are investigating a deadly shooting. it happened at 1:00 a.m. not far from geneva avenue. one person was shot and killed, another was taken to san francisco general hospital and is expected to survive. police right now are searching for the fun man who witnesses say was wearing all black. it happened saturday evening and gary jones was driving when somebody fired shots into his car. he was shot at least once and he died later at local hospital. police say that gunman escaped in a silver or white vehicle. >>> well, the san francisco 49ers are headed to the super bowl just in case you didn't hear after a thrilling victory over the atlanta falcons and janine de la vega says the falcons came back home last night. good morning jeanine. >> reporter: that
on this side and end up right in front of the white house. now they are at the pentagon getting there d.c. time but they are not going and they have got a long wait ahead of them. everybody seems to be in a good mood and everybody is happy to be taking part and it seems less crowded than it was four years ago. i am tori campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> here are more details so you can follow along. the swearing in ceremonies begi 8:00 a.m. pacific time and beyonce will be singing the national anthem. the parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30 testimony -- and we will have another live report. we will area the swears in live and -- swearing in live and we will have it on www.ktvu.com and mobile www.ktvu.com. >>> it happened not far from geneva avenue and one person was shot and killed and another person was taken to san francisco general hospital and is expected to survive. police are still looking for the gunman and alex savage spoke to the mother of the man who was killed and you will hear that heartbreaking interview in the next half hour. >>> police are investigating a suspicious fir
the conference. he admitted to taking part in the bombing of the pentagon in the 70's. >> his wife says a new report coming out of that country claims her husband has been released but that is not true. the pastor has been locked up since september for his christian beliefs. his trial started yesterday. ainsley? >> the celebration is now over it is time for the president to get to work. compared to other two term presidents where does president obama stand at the start of his second term? our presidential historian is here. >> good to sea you. let's talk about unemployment. where does he stand in 2009 compared to now. >> he started at 7.8 percent which is where we are now. it spiked when he took office. we had the stimulus package which did little to bring it back down. now it settled around the 8 percent mark. overall it has been flat. if you see his popularity ratings are still in the low 50s which historically is low for a re-elected president. i think it's directly correlated to this number the fact that it hasn't come down at all in the last four years. >> let's go to other presidents ge
panetta made the official announcement today at the pentagon. panetta said that not everyone can meet the qualifications to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to the chance. u.s. senator dianne feinstein has introduced legislation to renew the country's now expired assault weapons ban surrounded by members of congress, law enforcement and the clergy, feinstein said the bill will ban the sale of 157 military style assault weapons and ban high capacity ammunition clips. she says the 20 dead children in the newtown connecticut massacre is a wakeup call and now it's time for congress to act feinstein emphasized the bill protect the right of law abiding citizens who use guns for home security, hunting and other recreational purposes. next at 8-30. an inside look at house police in the east bay are using technology to seek out the sounds of gun fire. >> hockey is back in the south bay. the first home game it was delayed because of a and h l lockout. scott rates is live outside the hrt pavilion in. the fans are ready for some hockey. >> reporter: absalom, outside of the h-p pavili
points. >> the pentagon has started laying off thousands of contract and temporary civilian workers. a spokesman says the agency is letting 46-thousand people go. it's an effort to reduce spending ahead of possible mandatory budget cuts in march. if congress fails to reach a deal on deficit reduction, the military will be forced to reduce its budget by billions of dollars. you might be missing some money.and not even know it! there is roughly *58-billion dollars* in unclaimed money and property sitting in treasuries all over the country. the national association of unclaimed property administrators says most of it is held by states. these funds come from forgotten bank accounts, life insurance payouts. you may want to take a look at the online databases. one person in connecticut claimed nearly 33-million dollars from an old stock sale! >> coming up coach karbalcoach karbal and wh colin kaepernick coach harbaugh, coming up the latest information, coming up... (male announcer): now, here's stanley roberts who found people behaving badly.this is a nice green grassy lawn located in the
. the collection included 24 assault rifles. more than $63,000 was paid out for all the weapons. >> the pentagon confirms the u.s. is providing additional support to french troops identifying in mali. defense secretary leon panetta gave refueling support to missions over the north african hot spot. the u.s. military is helping with the transport of troops and supplies. >>> in egypt, at least 27 were killed and 400 wound when rioting broke out over death sentences handed down for a soccer melee. a judge sentenced 21 local fans to death for their part in the soccer riots that killed 74 people last february. most of today's victims were killed when police fired tear gas and other live ammunition into crowds of angry protesters. >>> as if this year's flu season isn't bad enough we're actually fighting three viruses out there. the one that causes the flu, the one that causes the common cold, and now a new virus is spreading like wildfire all over the u.s. and can sicken tens of millions. here's the story. >> never felt lick this -- felt like this before. >> the superbug is ripping across the country
targeting gun trafficking. tara mergener for cbs news, capitol hill. >>> and the pentagon has officially lifted its ban on women in combat. today defense secretary leon panetta finalized the historic change. the new policy will open up more than 200,000 front line jobs to women mostly in the army and marines. >> the burden used to be we would say why should a woman serve in a particular specialty? now it's why shouldn't a woman serve in a particular specialty? >> the changes will not come overnight. the new policy will be phased in over the next three years. >>> if you're heading to new orleans for the super bowl, be warned. getting a cab may be tougher than you ever imagined. city regulations require credit card machines to be in the back of the cab so passengers can run them themselves. but cab drivers say they are having a hard time getting the new equipment and permits in time for the super bowl crowd. one city councilman warns the process is taking too long. >> i was out here for three hours yesterday not a single taxicab was processe
year. >> because at the pentagon, the defense department has started laying off thousands of contract and some wear civilian workers. all were told that the agency is letting 46,000 people go. he is an effort to reduce spending, and had a possible mandatory budget cuts in march. if congress fails to reach a deal on deficit reduction, the military will be forced to reduce its budget by millions of dollars. >> the fda will not take any regulatory action against the pennsylvania college because of a vending machine that is selling the morning after pill. the machine dispenses a pill for $25 to students and university employees of shipping's bird university. administrators say that the ideal of the machine came from a student survey and was endorsed by the student government. >> the highs will only get up to the 50s today. futurecast 4 stays that of western will stay out perry there will be no 60's on the board is upper 50's for the south bay. about mid 50s for the delta perry ed about 55 for san leandro. downtown san francisco will get about 56 degrees. here's a look at your 7 day around
. hundreds of thousands of pentagon civilian employees could be facing furloughs and frozen pay checks if congress doesn't find the mandatory budget. one stays furloughed employee would lose one day of work a week. the pentagon has about 800,000 civilian workers and it's reported these furloughs could save $5 billion. republicans are trying to revive their party with some major changes this morning. the party is looking at a combination of what lawmakers have to do and have to stop doing. the changes in the works for the g.o.p. >> meeting in charlotte. republicans re-elected their party chairman. >> we're going to be the party for everybody, everywhere across america. [applause] >> right now the g.o.p. is in trouble. mitt romney was beaten. barack obama so empowered he forced republicans to back down on the debt ceiling and laid out a liberal agenda for his second term. the g.o.p. is out of favor with the young, minorities and women. not just at the ballot box. 49% of the nation now sees the republican party negatively. in the nbc news "wall street journal" poll only 26% positively. de
the credit. in a surprise move the pentagon enlisted a ban dating back 20 years. kris sanchez joins us with reaction. a lot of women are saying it's with about time. >> reporter: that's right. four women along with the american civil liberties union, the aclu, sued the government over this ban. when the announcement came today they were shocked to hear the news. it is a policy change that could be life changing. >> pictures of me parachuting. >> reporter: in the eight years susan served in the u.s. air force, all but one of her dreams came true. that dream was a combat job from which women were banned. >> there are women who are extremely strong and have the ability and the skills they need to do well in this job. and to hold them back because of a stereotype is wrong. >> reporter: she now runs academy women, a support site dedicated to military women with 10,000 members. she says the ban often comes up. four women along with the national aclu and the northern california aclu chapters sued the government to overturn the ban. the announcement was a shock. >> the combat exclusion policy,
on fox news sunday, the pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat. chris wallace will sit down with the first female combat pilot in the u.s. military and a retired general. >> plus, another cold day on tap. gwen is back with a look at what we can expect and she'll with a work week preview. we'll hope for a couple of suns in that. we'll see. stay with us. >>> it's your look at the new and note worthy of the week ahead, the capital rundown for the week of january 28, 2013. monday, national school choice week gets underway in washington with a forum on the subject at noon at 1,000 massachusetts avenue northwest at the cato institute. tuesday, january 29th, the subcommittee on health holds a meeting that starts at 10:00 a.m. wednesday, january 30th, the senate foreign relations committee continues its meeting of the 113th congress in the capitol building. thursday, january 31, the senate armed services committee opens hearings on it's nomination of chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. that's at 9:30 a.m. and on friday, february 1st, nasa marks the tenth anniversary of
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now support citizenship. that's up from 31% in the 2010 survey. >>> a pentagon investigation has cleared general john allen in the email scandal that brought down general david petraeus. petraeus resigned as head of the cia back in november after the fbi uncovered evidence he had an affair with his biographer. allen had been linked to the scandal for exchanging potentially inappropriate e- mails with a woman who sparked the petraeus investigation. but the defense department says the allegations that those e- mails were inappropriate are unsubstantiated. allen's nomination to become top commander of nato is still on hold at this time. >>> investigators say a fire sparked on a boeing 787 dreamliner was not caused by an overcharged battery as first thought. japan's transport agency says the lithium ion battery that overheated on the 787 experienced a sudden drop in voltage. all 50 of the dreamliners have been grounded after the jet made an emergency landing in japan a week ago. boeing is trying to address those electrical problems. >>> the house is
. the policy will be phased in over the next 3 years. >>> the pentagon is also devising a plan to pull remaining u.s. troops out of afghanistan. but that doesn't mean the mission there is over. in fact, cbs 5 reporter john ramos says an air national guard unit from the bay area is headed to afghanistan. >> our mission is simple to save lives. >> reporter: when the 129th rescue wing at moffett field gears up, it usually means someone is in trouble. >> a lot of people think we do medevac but it transports patients so they can't fly into active combat area. our helicopters are armed and our crews are trained to go and rescue people where others can't. >> reporter: and that will be a useful skill as this wing of the california air national guard is being sent to bases in afghanistan and southern africa. the 210 airmen being deployed will spend four months flying rescue missions in some dangerous places. >> both search and extraction missions, some that are publicized, some not. >> reporter: the helicopters and c-130 refuelers play a vital support role
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at the pentagon. good morning. >> reporter: yeah, those guys have moved on to the parade route. joining me now is the honor guard of the u.s. marine corp. we are here at the pentagon parking lot where you get a remarkable sense of the security that is in place this is an entirely secure area. and some of the 200 and something buss that are moving more than 9,000 members of the parade four miles to the capitol. everybody here goes through full security before they get near the capitol for the parade later today. we have at least 9,000 participants in the parade, members of all five armed services and the parade will start at 2:30 this afternoon. and the end of the parade is going to be where my colleague is standing right now. >> yes, i think i'm going to get the best part of the parade because the president is going to be sitting down there with the first family, the vice president, the second family, all right here. this is supposed to be a celebration of democracy and i am happy to be part of the celebration. even in this era, you know, of video games
for women serving in the army and the marines. the pentagon is lifting its ban on women in combat. defense secretary leon panetta made it official today. women are already serving - and dying - overseas. many have been drawn into battle because there are often no clear front lines. critics argue women won't be able to meet the physical requirements necessary. but supporters say many of them will find that to be no problem. the new policy will be put into effect over the next three years. and branches can ask for specific exemptions. >> senator john kerry has been answering questions on foreign policy issues. his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of state began today. he says if he's confirmed - he'll be a passionate advocate on the issue of climate change. and says the u-s will do what it must to prevent iran from developing a nuclear weapon. he also came to the defense of hillary clinton today. the outgoing secretary of defense was grilled yesterday on the terror attack on the diplomatic compound >> you basically reassured hillary clinton and let's just move on. >> senator, if
brand-new fees are going to affect if you're using your credit card >> the pentagon has decided to allow women to serve in combat. [ cheers and applause ] the hope is that we can now finally defeat the taliban by giving them the silent treatment. [ laughter ] >> brian: that's fantastic. >> gretchen: oh, come on! >> brian: that's great. 28 minutes before the top of the hour. >> gretchen: women could talk their ears off, too, right? that's the other thing. >> brian: that could be good. >> gretchen: for the first time since the president's demand for tougher gun control, he may now be getting his wish. senior white house correspondent wendell goler joins us to explain. has to do with the senators' proposal, right? >> vice president biden, gretchen, who will hold a round table at virginia commonwealth university today, joined by homeland security secretary janet napolitano and kathleen sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. and by some experts who worked on the virginia tech massacre in 2007 in which 32 people were killed. it aims to get lawmakers the support california diane
cecilia vega is at the pentagon. everybody's getting warmed up there, as well, cecilia. >> reporter: aren't these guys great? how are you doing, george? good morning. we're having a great time out here. this is a staging area for all the marching bands that are going to participate today. 9,000 people marching in this parade, from every, single state around the country. these are my new friends from des moines. everybody say good morning, america. >> good morning, america. >> reporter: and their legs, they say, do not hurt. they're ready to march in this parade. we're going to see, not just marching bands and groups like these, floats from all over the country. they're ready to have a good time today, george. >> boy, des moines so important to the president. that's where he won the iowa caucuses in 2008. you see st. john's church, across the street from the white house. president obama and his family, get ready to attend their inaugural service. the president coming right now. he did that four years ago, as well. this is the church of presidents. every president since james madison has at
year. >>> the pentagon has started laying off thousands of contract and temporary workers. a spokesman says the agency is letting 46,000 people go. it's an effort to reduce spending ahead of a possible mandatory budget cut in march. if congress fails to reach a deal on deficit reduction, the military will be forced to reduce its budget by billions of dollars. >>> state lawmakers are getting ready to tackle the issue of healthcare expansion. on monday, lawmakers will introduce a series of proposals to help president obama's affordable healthcare act. one of the most significant proposals will be to streamline the medical enrollment process to help sign up hundreds of thousands of californians currently eligible, but not enrolled. lawmakers will also consider new rules for a new state-run insurance company this fall that would make them cover patients with preexisting disorders. >>> two cases of staph infection have been confirmed at a high school in lafayette. school officials sent a letter home to parents yesterday, asking students to take precautions to stop the spread of the infectio
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